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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Adoptive Emperors| > |Commodus| > RP45920
Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 December 192 A.D., Tarsos, Cilicia
|Commodus|, |Commodus,| |March| |or| |April| |177| |-| |31| |December| |192| |A.D.,| |Tarsos,| |Cilicia|, The title Neokoros, designating a guardian of a temple of the imperial cult, was highly prized and thus advertised on the coins of many cities. Tarsos was the first city in Cilicia to receive the title, during the reign of Hadrian, not long after 130. This first temple was almost certainly dedicated to the cult of Hadrian, named in the reverse legend. A second imperial temple was dedicated to Commodus during his reign, before August 191. The B (the Greek number two) indicates this second neokorie. The Kommodeios isolympic worldwide festival was held in honor of this temple. Commodus probably honored Tarsos because its chief god was Hercules, and Commodus had come to believe he was Hercules reincarnated.
RP45920. Bronze AE 28, SNG Levante Supp. 260 (same dies); SNG BnF 1466 (same dies), VF, Tarsos (Tarsus, Mersin, Turkey) mint, weight 13.730g, maximum diameter 27.7mm, die axis 180o, obverse AYT KAIC AYP KOMO∆OC CEB, mantled bust right, wearing demiurgic crown; club of Hercules behind; reverse A∆P KOM - TAP MHO (Hadrianeia, Kommodeios - Tarsos Metropolis), agonistic crown inscribed KOMO∆E, OIKO/VME (Kommodeios worldwide) in two lines above, B / NEWKO (two neokorie) in two lines below; SOLD










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